Crimes of the Heart Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Lenny's solo celebration suggests:

2. Doc has apparently:

3. Babe's story suggests that Lenny broke up with Charlie Hill because:

4. Lenny's birthday gift turns out to be a box of candy, which suggests:

5. When the girls argue about the lawyer, the mood becomes:

Short Essay Questions

1. What "crime" has Meg committed against Granddaddy in Act II?

2. What does the mention of Billy Boy do for the mood of the scene right before Meg enters?

3. Describe Barnette's vendetta against Zackery.

4. What is Meg's first reaction when she sees Lennie?

5. Describe Lenny's phone call with Charlie.

6. Describe Old Granddaddy's relationship with his granddaughters.

7. How does Meg feel about talking about the past?

8. Describe Meg's life in Hollywood.

9. What is Meg's attitude toward her family?

10. What does Babe's speech about her saxophone reveal about her character?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider Henley's motif of sweetness in the play. What message does the author emphasize through the "sweetness" of character actions, dialog, or foods? Use at least three specific examples to support your point.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the ideas of fault and blame in Henley's play. What idea or events connect to fault and blame for the Magraths? What message is Henley communicating through the ideas of fault and blame in her play?

Essay Topic 3

If the Magrath family were a clear example of family in the United States, what would be the "norm" for family behavior? Use the text to support your ideas about the Magrath family as a typical American family.

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